Man accused of 2012 slaying two bail bondsmen in Bakersfield gets plea deal

Two murder charges were dropped

BAKERSFIELD - The man accused of shooting and killing two bondsmen--brothers--in 2012 entered a plea Friday.

Stephen Michael Stewart pleaded "no contest" to two counts of voluntary manslaughter and one count of prisoner in possession of a weapon.

Police say Stewart shot Brandon Sims and Zachary Sims on April 26, 2012.

The brothers worked for their father's bail bond business, Bad Dog Bailbonds.

One of the brothers was found in the front yard with a single gunshot wound and the other was found inside the home on Kamloops Drive with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

Stewart was arrested days later.

Two counts of first degree murder and other charges against Stewart were dropped.

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